Apple releases iOS 13.2 with Deep Fusion, Siri Privacy Controls & More

iOS 13.2

Apple has released iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The update is a little less than 600MB in size for various devices and has the build number 17B84. iOS 13.2 has new features which include Deep Fusion for iPhone 11, Siri privacy controls, new Unicode 12 emojis, announce messages with Siri, AirPods Pro support, and updates to Home and Camera apps. The updates are available over-the-air as well as via iTunes.

Apple has been very active with iOS 13 and iPadOS updates. A number of minor updates have been released over the past few weeks, the latest being iOS 13.1.3 for iPhone and iPod touch, and iPadOS 13.1.3 for iPad.

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iOS 13.2

iOS 13.2 received 4 beta updates since testing started. The most important feature from this update is Deep Fusion for iPhone 11 users. It was announced during iPhone 11's launch event and improves photo capture in mid-to-low light situations. The second important update is Siri privacy controls, which were added after it was revealed that Siri recordings are being heard by external Apple staff members, without permission. This was being done to improve Siri and Dictation, however, it wasn't received well due to privacy concerns. With iOS 13.2, this is now an opt-in feature.

iPadOS 13.2

Support for the new AirPods Pro is also included in iOS 13.2. Other noticeable additions include 70 new Unicode 12 emojis, ability to change video resolution and frame-rate in camera app (iPhone 11 only!) and improvements to Home app. Apple has also finally added HomeKit Secure Videos and support for HomeKit enabled routers in this update.

iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 features

Here are the complete release notes from Apple:

iOS 13.2 introduces Deep Fusion, an advanced image processing system that uses the A13 Bionic Neural Engine to capture images with dramatically better texture, detail, and reduced noise in lower light, on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Additional features include updated and additional emoji, Announce Messages for AirPods, support for AirPods Pro, HomeKit Secure Video, HomeKit enabled routers, and new Siri privacy settings. This update also contains bug fixes and improvements.


  • Deep Fusion for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max uses the A13 Bionic Neural Engine to capture multiple images at various exposures, run a pixel-by-pixel analysis, and fuse the highest quality parts of the images together resulting in photos with dramatically better texture, details, and reduced noise, especially for mid to low light scenes
  • Ability to change the video resolution directly from the Camera app for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max


  • Over 70 new or updated emoji, including animals, food, activities, new accessibility emoji, gender neutral emoji, and skin tones selection for couple emoji

AirPods support

  • Announce Messages with Siri to read your incoming messages aloud to your AirPods
  • AirPods Pro support

Home App

  • HomeKit Secure Video enables you to privately capture, store, and view encrypted video from your security cameras and features people, animal, and vehicle detection
  • HomeKit enabled routers put you in control of what your HomeKit accessories communicate with over the internet or in your home


  • Privacy settings to control whether or not to help improve Siri and Dictation by allowing Apple to store audio of your Siri and Dictation interactions
  • Option to delete your Siri and Dictation history from Siri Settings

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements. This update:

  • Fixes an issue that may prevent passwords from autofilling in 3rd party apps
  • Resolves an issue that may prevent the keyboard from appearing when using Search
  • Addresses an issue where swipe to go home might not work on iPhone X and later
  • Fixes an issue where Messages would only send a single notification when the option to repeat alerts was enabled
  • Addresses an issue where Messages may display a phone number instead of a contact name
  • Resolves an issue that caused Contacts to launch to the previously opened contact instead of the contact list
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent Markup annotations from being saved
  • Resolves an issue where saved notes could temporarily disappear
  • Fixes an issue where iCloud Backup might not successfully complete after tapping Backup Now in Settings
  • Improves performance when using AssistiveTouch to activate App Switcher

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

Except for iPhone specific features, iPadOS gets the same updates in iOS 13.2. Apple has also released a new iOS 13.2 software update for HomePod, which enabled handoff support for music, calls and podcasts from iPhone to HomePod.

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Download iOS 13.2 & iPadOS 13.2

To upgrade to iOS 13.2/iPadOS 13.2, head over to Settings > General > Software Update on your device. When the update appears, tap 'Download and Install'. Make sure that you are connected to Wi-Fi and have more than 50% battery.

In case you want to do a clean install using iTunes, you would need to download the IPSW firmware file for your device. Click on your device from the list below to download the firmware file directly from Apple's servers.

Apple also released tvOS 13.2 today. macOS Catalina 10.15.1 and watchOS 6.1 are still not out yet.

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